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Avoid Burnout Before You're Already Burned

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked


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  • Taking care of your body on a physical level is the foundation of avoiding burnout, and this starts with the three pillars of health: proper sleep, diet and exercise
  • If you’re living a lifestyle that’s contradictory to your true personality or values, it can also cause mental fatigue and anguish, facilitating burnout
  • Ideally, find work that suits your personality and gives you meaning and purpose, but if you don’t have that, remember that you can find purpose in nonwork pursuits including volunteering and hobbies
  • Following your inner truth and maintaining a balance between your work life, physical activities, relationships and spirituality or mindfulness is necessary for optimal physical and emotional health

If you're feeling tired, cranky, stressed out and overwhelmed, you're likely heading quickly down the slippery slope to burnout. Burnout, which is a term used to describe physical or emotional exhaustion that's typically the result of prolonged stress or frustration, is a common human condition, but definitely not a desirable one.

 A 2018 Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found that 23% feel burned out at work always or very often, while another 44% said they sometimes feel burned out. That amounts to about two-thirds of full-time employees feeling burnout while they're at work. Yet, work is only one route to burnout.

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